Art Matters in the community

Arne Everson
Guest Columnist

The Cambridge Center for the Arts, serving Cambridge, Isanti County and beyond, endeavors to make the arts available to all people.

CCFA offers a variety of art classes and music lessons, photography club, writers group, concerts, bus trips to arts and theater events. The Center is host to Play Inc. Community Theater, the East Central Minnesota Children’s Chorus, Nordic Connection events, as well as visual arts exhibits.

Swedish-American painter, Elof Wedin, enjoyed a long career as an artist from the 1920s to the 1970s, supporting himself as a boilermaker in Minneapolis by day, and painting on nights and weekends. Today his paintings are housed in several private collections as well as in a number of significant museums, among them the Walker Art Center, the University of Minnesota Weisman Museum, The Minnesota Historical Society, the Mayo Clinic, the Smithsonian Institute and the American Swedish Institute.  He displayed his works in one-man shows, in venues from coast to coast.

After Elov Wedin died, his remaining works became the property of his son, Winslow, who because he was living in Florida, put the large collection in storage. Subsequently it all came to be stored in Cambridge, and upon Winslow’s recent death, the family, learning about the newly founded Cambridge Center for the Arts, decided to give the entire collection to CCFA. This is a significant collection of art works, for which CCFA is very grateful. Several pieces of Wedin art are on display at the Art Center.

Now showing at the Cambridge Center for the Arts is “Uncommon Things,” the photography of Dee Ann Sibley.  This is a unique visual experience as we view ordinary people and places turned into extraordinary scenes through the eye and lens of a creative photographer. There is no admission fee for this show which continues through Oct. 11.

Play Inc. presents its fall play, “Leaving Iowa,” Oct. 11-12 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 3 p.m., at the Cambridge Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 621 Old N. Main St. in Cambridge.

”Leaving Iowa” is a family-friendly slice of life comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. This comedy about family and family vacations is a show suitable for ages 10-110.

East Central Minnesota Children’s Chorus, the regional children’s honors choir for talented singers in grades 4-6 sponsored by CCFA, is still accepting new members by audition. Their first rehearsal was Sept. 24. Call Director Shirley Geib at 763-689-3674 for more information.

Check the website, cambridgecenterforthearts.org, for information about our writers group, the open art studio, CLICK, our photo club, as well as all other CCFA programs and activities. CCFA is located at 144 SE Second Ave., Cambridge, and can be reached at 763-691-9679.

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